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Bulbops dolichostricha is an Exogenua Quadrucorata herbivore that lives on the Walace’s Forests. Their slim build allows them to roam more freely on the densest and coldest parts of the polar forests, where the Drones harvest most of the vegetation used as food by its colonies. The Matrix have a two-part jaw adapted as a weapon to face of predators and other Matrix that may wander into its territory.
Just some Taiga Giraffe-Ants for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
"Don't analyze it, Nathan, it's working!"
The amount of detailing on this is absolutely amazing, I feel like I’d go crazy after doing just one leg like that. But I also just love zooming in on them and just taking in the work and dedication that must have been put into them!
How do their eyes work btw? Are these yellow bulbs a form of eye with three lenses each and the rest covered in skin or are they some advanced organs to process the signals coming in through the three separate eyes on them?
As for the overall anatomy, I think it looks pretty sound for an animal living in colder climate... I don’t really know how fatty tissue or „hair“ works on Anu, so I can’t say anything for sure, but perhaps they are a bit slender for the type of climate they live in. But then again, you said that they were more active animals so they could have a higher core temperature or something like that and there actually are a number of ungulates living in colder climate that have rather spindly legs as well. A lot of how animals are able to handle the cold has also to do with their behavior... for example, less activity means a lower metabolic rate which requires less food. So these organisms are well within the limits of what’s possible in cold climates so there’s no need to worry about that
Thank you for the input on the climate thing! For me is: their bodies are densely packed in a thick and insulative skin. The scales underneath the fur are small packs of "blubber"
Oh damn, that’s pretty cool! Do they work like compound eyes like those of a mantis shrimp or is there some other mechanism involved?
Gotcha, that’s no problem then as keeping the core warm is the most important thing in those conditions. I really like that idea of the blubber packs btw... kinda like an organic puffer jacket
Well Anu does have lower gravity than Earth, so thin legs like that are to be expected
Don’t worry about it, as much as I love chubby little aliens, I am also a big fan of your slim ones
I'm glad you like it mate, I'm pretty happy about them myself